Imagine a garden – full of fruit and flowers, vegetables and verbena – positioned in the medians between the curb and the sidewalk, lining the streets of South Los Angeles – a place where residents can explore, gather and harvest.
Wondros’s newest film, “Ron Finley: Food Forests” tells the story of a South LA edible garden growing somewhere it’s not supposed to be.
Planted and nurtured by renegade gardener Ron Finley, this garden offers neighborhood residents a local source for homegrown, nutrient-rich produce. In a city with limited healthful food options but miles of straggly, dried out parking medians, Mr. Finley provides edible solutions to real life problems.
Mr. Finley’s grows tomatoes, peppers, chard, melons, squash, pumpkins, onions, broccoli, eggplant, celery, kale and herbs, all of which is open to the community for harvesting.
You can sign the Good Food Pledge here, offering your support of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and their initiatives. You can learn more about Ron Finley’s garden by checking out this Huffington Post blog post by Kelly Meyer. And be sure to check out some of our other films for the California Endowment.